Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Vol. 23, No. 3, 2016, pp. 49-56
Bioline Code: mj16033
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2016, pp. 49-56
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Dental Students’ Educational Environment and Perceived Stress: The University of Malaya Experience|
Myint, Kyaimon; See-Ziau, Hoe; Husain, Ruby & Ismail, Rosnah
Background: An equitable and positive learning environment fosters deep self-directed
learning in students and, consequently, good practice in their profession. Although demotivating
weaknesses may lead to repeated day-to-day stress with a cascade of deleterious consequences at
both personal and professional levels, a possible relationship between these parameters has not been
reported. This study was undertaken to determine the relationship between students’ perceptions of
their educational environment and their stress levels.
Methods: Sixty-one first year students at the Dental Faculty, University of Malaya, Malaysia
participated. The Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM) was used to determine
educational environment while self-rated perceived stress level was measured by the Depression
Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS).
Results: Most students (62.39%) showed positive perceptions for the total and five domains of
DREEM. The highest percentage was observed for “Students perception of learning” (64.04%) while
the lowest was for “Students’ social self-perception” (60.32%). At the same time, 61% of students
showed high perceived stress levels. However, this was not associated with their DREEM scores.
Conclusion: Although a positive perception of their educational environment was found,
minor corrective measures need to be implemented. Furthermore, longitudinal studies on an annual
basis would provide useful input for strategic planning purposes.
Dental; students; educational measurement; psychological stress; Malaysia
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